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  • TAR
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    Technology Assisted Review: Or, How I Stopped Worrying and Learned to Love a Computer Program (PART ONE)

    Recently, I began work on a complex litigation case that had millions of documents to review with many moving parts and quick deadlines that made completing assignments daunting, to say the least. We determined that simply running targeted searches to find this evidence was not the best approach, in part because the issues were broadly defined and had multiple subparts, and in part because of the sheer number of documents in the database (over 2.5 million records). As an alternative, we decided to utilize technology assisted review or “TAR” (also known in the industry as predictive coding). What follows is my impression of the tool.

  • Part One of ESI Basics: PSTs
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    Part One of ESI Basics: PSTs

    This is Part One of a continuing series on ESI basics. In this series, we will cover some of the terms used most often on the tech-side of e-discovery. Whether this is an introduction to you, or a refresher, and whether you are an attorney, member of an in-house team, or data analyst, we think this information may come in handy in your practice.

  • Digital Footprint
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    Impact of the Amendments to FRE 902 on E-Discovery Professionals

    Amendments to Federal Rule of Evidence 902 went into effect on December 1, 2017. One of the primary objectives of the amendments was to simplify the process of admitting into evidence electronically stored information (ESI), hopefully reducing discovery costs and burdens along the way. Specifically, the amendments added two new paragraphs: (1) FRE 902(13), which addresses records generated by an electronic process or system; and (2) FRE 902(14), which addresses data copied from an electronic device, storage medium or file, and contains a digital identification (a/k/a “hash value”). While addressing these important changes, the focus here is on the implications of these amendments for litigation support professionals.

  • Ten Tips to Becoming Savvy in E-Discovery Databases for the Non-Expert
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    Ten Tips to Becoming Savvy in E-Discovery Databases for the Non-Expert

    A couple of weeks ago, I had an enlightening conversation with an attorney who recently joined our firm. He is a fairly experienced database user who asked me if we had specific database training for attorneys and made an interesting comment: "I don't just want to know how it works; I want to know how to really use it." In other words, how can I leverage e-discovery technology in order to make my job more efficient, more effectual and offer better value for my client?